What would our work look like if job-shaming was replaced by job-praising? What would it look like to help others see “every honest labor” as “contributing to the perfect fellowship of God’s kingdom?” Our theology of work must expand if we truly seek for it to be “on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10).
As we read through Paul’s words to the Ephesians in chapter two, I’m reminded of the precious and dignifying status that comes with being Christ’s workmanship. We see that Christians are not only ascended to a place of glory by Christ, but that we have been, in Christ, “created for good works … that we should walk in them.”
We’ve all seen it growing, used it, and may even have found ourselves offering our own labor and services as part of it. The Gig Economy. While great strides are being made in the industry, it also begs the question for faithful Christians on how the benefits can be weighed over concerns of destructive impact to flourishing in God’s economy.
While it would be easily to overlook the value behind the letter of the law set in place here in Leviticus, the principle spirit of creating means to care for the sojourner can help us approach our blessings with open hands, knowing Christ is the true giver of all good gifts, and thus worthy of glory, honor, and praise.
We at CFWLA are celebrating this season of advent expectation with a four-part series of devotionals that seek to honestly acknowledge the depth of our brokenness and the far-reaching hope of the gospel, specifically in the work we engage with every day. You can read the devotional series below in its entirety.
We look to the First Advent as a reminder and guarantee that the Second Advent is surely coming soon. It will be an eternity of work without thorns and spotless intimacy with God and neighbor. But today, we work with excellence and love one another because the Spirit makes us alive and helps us every step of the way.